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Daily Bread - October 12, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:23
Philippians 2:14-15 - Do all things without complaining and arguing; so
that you may be without blemish and pure, God's perfect children in the
midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights
in the world.

What a simple assignment God has given us in order to remain blameless and
innocent. All we must do is to maintain a good attitude about the things
that we encounter, and not allow ourselves to become involved in strife.
When we consider the fact that all holiness and righteousness is summed up
in walking in love, we discover that God has simplified for us all the He
desires us to do (John 13:34-35, 15:12,17; Ephesians 5:2; Romans 13:8,10;
Galatians 5:14). As we are willing to keep ourselves in the love of God, we
remain in a place that is yielded to the supply of the divine ability that
God has given so that we can do all that He has requested (Jude 20-21).
What the Lord has required of us is that we discover a wonderful and joyful
fellowship of goodness and trust between ourselves and God (Jude 20-21; 1
John 4:12, 16; Ephesians 3:19, 4:15; Micah 6:8).

Of course, we all know how upset we all become when things do not go our
way. The fact is, however, we volunteered to allow the Lord Jesus to have
His way in our lives. Our job assignment in the relationship is to trust
Him, and to give thanks in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18). If we will
walk in love, rejoice in the Lord always, and gives thanks in all things,
we will not only stand out as the children of God, but we will walk in that
place of being well pleasing in His sight. Our Heavenly Father has purposed
that we be like a city set upon a hill radiating with the light and life of
His glory -a beacon of His love that will cause all men to recognize that
we are His children (Philippians 2:15, 4:4-5; Matthew 5:14-16, 7:20; John
17:20-23; Ephesians 5:1-21).

We may be certain of one thing: the Lord cannot tolerate murmuring and
complaining (Hebrews 3-4). He had to listen to so much of it from the
nation of Israel that He finally said enough! It is over! Their murmurings
and complaining all boiled down to their lack of love and trust for Him (1
Corinthians 10:10; Hebrews 3:8-19; Jude 16; Exodus 15:24, 16:2,7-12;
Numbers 14:27-29, 36, 17:5,10; Deuteronomy 1:27). If you want to fellowship
with the Lord and have His blessings in your life, then you are going to
have to keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking guile (Psalm
34:12-14; 1 Peter 3:9-11). If you have a habit of blaming other people, or
grumbling and complaining about the way things go, you need to recognize
that behavior for the evil it is, and reach out to God for wisdom and
strength to bring it to an end.

Now, the Lord strengthen your hearts in holiness, so that you may be
without blemish before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus
with all His saints (1 Thessalonians 3:13).
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